garbled

adjective
gar·​bled | \ ˈgär-bəld How to pronounce garbled (audio) \

Definition of garbled

: made unclear or confusing : distorted or mixed up a garbled message garbled speech … scientific cranks—those folks who concoct garbled and grandiose pseudo-scientific theories …— Robert W. Wilson A garbled group of syllables came over the speaker.— Tom Clancy But so much happened afterward to him that his five-day drive from Cracow to Warsaw soon became a garbled fading memory.— Herman Wouk Since the algorithm relies on the absolute accuracy of everything it has read to build the file, garbled information could lead to any number of mistakes.— Paul C. Schuytema

First Known Use of garbled

1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Garbled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garbled. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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